From Preet Kaur Gill MP <[email protected]>
Subject Here's your weekly update John
Date May 7, 2022 7:28 PM
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Dear John,

This week I have been on the campaign trail with our fantastic Labour
candidates in Birmingham, chatting to voters about the issues that matter
most to them and our plan to make Edgbaston a cleaner, greener, safer place
to live.

Whether that is our candidates’ work to tackle fly-tipping, put police
back on our streets, or to support those struggling to make ends meet at
our local food banks, people could see the hard work of our local
candidates and that Labour is on their side.

When I spoke to people this week, one issue in particular seemed to come up
time and again: the cost of living. As Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak fail
to get a grip on the soaring cost of household bills, only Labour has a
credible plan to ease the squeeze on people’s pockets. Labour would put a
one-off windfall tax on record oil and gas profits, and use the money to
take up to £600 off people’s household bills. On Thursday, Shell
announced another £7 billion in profits for the first three months of this
year. It is incredible that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak prioritise
protecting big corporate profits over supporting working people.

Perhaps that is why in the elections this week, the Conservatives lost
nearly 500 council seats across the country, and why Labour made big
strides in all corners of the UK. Labour has won 3,000 of the 5,600 seats
up for election across England and Wales, taking control of several
councils including five from the Conservatives, and made significant gains
in dozens of the seats we lost in 2019.

The result is a turning point which shows that people are looking for
change and they are listening again to what our Party has to offer. I know
that our new councillors will work hard every day to earn that support.

For the Conservatives, this result should be a wake up call. The other
week, I called on the government to hold an emergency budget to tackle the
cost of living crisis. They surely have to act now.



I am delighted that our constituency has elected new Labour councillors in
both Harborne and Quinton - taking seats from the Conservatives.

It is a huge credit to the hard work of councillors Lauren Rainbow, Sam
Forsyth, Martin Brooks and Jayne Francis, who I know will work tirelessly
for Quinton and Harborne over the next four years. They ran a great
campaign and have our community at their heart.

Elsewhere in Edgbaston, we also came within tens of votes from taking seats
from the Conservatives in Bartley Green and Edgbaston. Commiserations to
Elaine, Paul, Bal and Marie who ran great campaigns and ran it so close.
The result in Bartley Green is the biggest turnaround in votes in 20 years!
In North Edgbaston, it’s wonderful news that Cllr Sharon Thompson and
Marcus Bernasconi held their seats too.

I’m delighted that my constituents have put their trust in Labour to
deliver for them for another four years. They are a great team and I know
they are raring to get to work to deliver on their campaign pledges.

To learn more about your new councillors, or get involved with our
community campaigns, click the link below.




This week it was my pleasure to join the Forum for Global Challenges at the
University of Birmingham, joining an expert panel to discuss the issue of
global gender equality and women’s political participation.

According to UN Women, based on current progress, it will take until 2063
to achieve gender parity around the world in our national legislative

It is not until the year 2152 that we will reach gender equality in the
highest positions of power, with Heads of State or government.

I spoke about my ambitions for international development under a Labour
government: committed to tackling the deep-rooted, structural gender
inequalities which pervade societies the world over, and to increase
women's political participation through grassroots social movements.

Labour is serious and ambitious about what we can do with power to change
women’s lives: from our green paper to tackle violence against women and
girls, plans to strengthen mandatory pay gap reporting by giving women a
"right to know", and put gender equality at the heart of our work around
the world.

With women's rights are under attack across the world, and it is more
important than ever that we form a united front in their defence.

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